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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    You need a business plan (if you are serious about this).
    1) Identify your 'targets' - the people you want to sell songs to.
    2) Research the songs they currently use and where these come from.
    3)... you'll have to work out the rest of the plan yourself.
    I would start previous to #1 asking "what is your goal"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmont View Post
    ...I write mostly blues, country, folk, mid-tempo rock, and Americana, whatever that is.

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    Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Mark Knopfler, James McMurtry, Greg Brown?..
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    I was in a dressing room with a well known recording artiste, prior to the show we were about to do. Someone came in with some post just arrived. A box of home made biscuits (cookies??), a couple of CDs, a USB stick, and some requests for the show - a birthday and a wedding anniversary. The show clearly had no unscripted moments to even try to do this stuff, with many sections a continuous segue into the next one - so these went straight into the bin without being read. The cookies were offered to everyone, who all shook their heads and ended up in the bin second, nobody wanting to eat food prepared by a stranger, and the CDs went in to the bin too - after reading the notes. Not even listened to. Oddly, the USB sticks went into his pocket - probably because they're always handy. If you write for big names then you need a contact to make sure they listen to it. He was in the wrong place - you don't waste your time on a tour doing one-nighters listening to random music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    You need a business plan (if you are serious about this).
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    1) Identify your 'targets' - the people you want to sell songs to.
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    2) Research the songs they currently use and where these come from.
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    3)... you'll have to work out the rest of the plan yourself.
    Done. The rest of the plan is creating something listenable for them to listen to.

    Good thoughts. Thanks!

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